Christian! Shut Up When You're Ad Homineming Me!

In the movie “Wedding Crashers” yeah, don’t ask, there’s a classic line; “You Shut Your Mouth When You’re Talking To Me!” I feel like a deflated football when crucial theological conversations are co-opted by the intellectually immoral and ‘Ad Hominem’ users. Wait! What??? What does ‘Ad Hominem’ even mean? Okay, Fair enough… It’s a logical fallacy […]

10 Tips On How Not To Be Presumptuous With Your Bible Interpretations.

1. Don’t presume that your English Bible translations are accurate down to the ‘jot & tittle.’ 2. Don’t presume that because you have strung bible verses together making an iron clad logical argument, that there haven’t been logical fallacies committed along the way. 3. Don’t presume that another’s GRAMMATICAL-HISTORICAL-CULTURAL lenses from another age are more […]

What Does 'Condemned Already' Mean?

Everyone, or so it seems, knows John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Seems simple enough, but even Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Teacher of Israel couldn’t immediately wrap his head around it. (John 3:1-21) The next […]

A Running List of Stuff That Shouldn't Be In The Bible:

According to  Bart D. Ehrman, These 8 verses and the entire section of John 8:1-11 don’t belong in the Bible: 1 John 5:7 Luke 22:44 Luke 22:20 Mark 16:17 Mark 16:18 John 5:4 Luke 24:12 Luke 24:51 His reasoning, appears to be based on some credible evidence which suggests that these verses were added at a […]

Are Bible words Magical?

Is the Bible Magical?   Ok, well, not really in a magical ‘Hocus Pocus’ or ‘Abracadabra’ incantational sort of way,  but perhaps in another?  If you responded to the initial question with a resounding “NO!” then does your use the Bible reflect an attitude that limits its power?  There are many who use the Bible personally, or apply its use toward […]

Organic Theology?

Systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21.)  While some say that his definition is over-simplistic, it helps us to differentiate between systematic approaches to theology and others.  Because the “whole bible” already exists, we […]

Fracturing Jesus, The Gospel, and The Logos

In John 1:1, the bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  There is little question that “the Word” (λόγος Logos) here in this passage is referring to Jesus.  It refers to him as preexistent, divine, and in communion with the Father.  In the […]

9 Reasons Why The Bible Isn't Supposed To Be Easy

1.  The scriptures have been peppered with obscurities and wonderful intricacies so that we would remain in constant prayer, interpretation and discovery with its Author. 2.  God designed the scriptures to excite our diligence in reading them, meditating on them, searching through them, and comparing them with one another. The scriptures, rightfully approached keeps us […]

Fracturing The Logos of the Gospel – Part II

In PART I  of this series, I said, “It has become fashionable to sever the (λόγος Logos) into parts and discard the objectionable.” I’d like to continue on that theme, but focus primarily on the relation of the words “gospel” and “logos.” In the book “Scripture As Logos; Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash” […]

If The School of Tyrannus Wasn't A Seminary, Then What Was It? Besides, What's Wrong With Seminary Anyway?

In Ephesus where Paul reasoned and taught in the synagogue until the Gospel of the Kingdom clashed with the traditions of men, he also lectured, taught, reasoned, and bore witness to Christ crucified and many other things.  Like it or not, he used various mediums which are being held in contempt by post-modern thinkers.  Yes, […]